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Published: Saturday July 26, 2014 MYT 3:20:01 AM
Updated: Saturday July 26, 2014 MYT 3:21:16 AM

Egypt FM calls for seven-day humanitarian truce in Gaza

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri called on Friday for a seven-day humanitarian truce in Gaza for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday next week.

"We call for the humanitarian ceasefire ... at the end of the holy month of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr for a period of 7 days," he told reporters in Cairo at a press conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

He said more work was needed to reach a wider ceasefire agreement.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed and Yasmine Saleh; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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